Ordering Books

Please work with your department's Faculty Representative to the library. That person coordinates book ordering, representing equitably the department's instructional and research priorities.

To receive automatic e-mail alerts of new publications in your areas of interest, contact your library liaison or Christine Fischer, Head of Acquisitions.

Book orders may be submitted to the Acquisitions Department or to your library liaison in a variety of forms:

  • Electronically using the Book Order Request Form
  • Electronically from automatic e-mail alerts
  • Notification slips announcing new book publications
  • Choice cards (reviews reprinted from Choice magazines)
  • Publishers' advertisements and flyers
  • Marked catalogs
  • Photocopies of reviews

Please remember, book orders must include at least:

  • Author and title (for identification of item)
  • Name of requesting department (for fund accounting)
  • Any date limitations (add instructions such as RUSH or course reserve, or mark date needed)

Please include as much additional information as possible, e.g., publisher, date of publication, price, specific edition, series, source of information, name of requester, any special instructions (hold, notify, out of print search).

The following steps will help reduce unnecessary duplication of effort in preparing book orders:

If your department orders large numbers of books that may exceed your department's allocation, please submit orders batched according to three levels of priority:

  • Priority #1 - Most important; order immediately
  • Priority #2 - Important; order after first priority items as funds permit
  • Priority #3 - Desirable; order after February 1 if all first and second priority items have been ordered and funds are still available

March 31 is the last day Acquisitions will accept book requests from departments for the current fiscal year. Requests received after March 31 typically will be ordered against the department's allocation for the next fiscal year.

If you have any questions, please contact your library liaison or the Acquisitions Department (334-5281).